By: Najla Alexander
Authorities in Hudson County reported that on Monday, September 25, the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit arrested an Irvington man in connection with a 2022 collision in Kearny that injured eight individuals.
Authorities say that Michael Johnson, 36, is charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault, three counts of Assault by Auto, and five counts of Assault by Auto.
According to officials, he was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Secaucus and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance.
Johnson is employed as an Essex County Sheriff’s Officer and was not on duty at the time of the collision, officials stated.
Officials said on Saturday, June 4, 2022, shortly after 11:20 p.m., Kearny Police was notified of a multi-vehicle collision in the area of Harrison Avenue and the Route 280 entrance ramp.
Upon arrival, officers located three damaged vehicles – a Jeep Cherokee operated by Johnson, a Chevy Traverse, and a Nissan Rogue – in the westbound traffic lane, officials say.
Eight individuals were injured in the collision, officials said.
According to officials, the investigation determined Johnson was under the influence, traveling east, at the time of the crash.